Archive for April, 2011

Understanding Programs, Policies, and Procedures

April 27, 2011 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Welcome to Tourist Attractions and Parks Magazine’s Management Blog. I hope you like what you read and post your comments, so together we can generate good ideas and advice in the all-important area of amusement facility management. As a business professional, it drives me crazy when I see managers who do […]

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Strategies to Improve Your Business: Providing Good Customer Service at Mini-Golf and Driving Range Facilities

April 20, 2011 No Comments

April 20, 2011 Mini-golf and driving range facilities have a lot of innate appeal, but with so many available places to play, smart owners and managers must go the extra mile to ensure that their operations remain at the top of customers’ list. Offering top-notch customer service helps to get the job done. Patrons’ attitude […]

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Strategies to Improve Your Business: Enlivening Attractions with Lighting and Special Effects

April 7, 2011 No Comments

April 7, 2011  Consumers are looking to get more and more for their money when they visit leisure entertainment facilities. Using innovative lighting and special effects is one key way to give them what they want. While the primary purpose of lighting is, of course, illumination, operators might also consider the idea of leveraging it […]

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Food Service Equipment for Hits, and How to Avoid Misses

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Whether you are stocking a snack bar, concession stand or café, you must find food equipment that works best for your business needs. Consider space, time and cost before jumping into a new product. Here are a six quick tips courtesy of John Evans, senior vice president, Gold Medal Products, Co. To ensure you make […]

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Why Attend the Laser Tag Convention

April 1, 2011 No Comments

With no shortage of entertainment trade shows and conventions to fill your year with, the question laser tag entrepreneurs might ask is, “Why should I attend the Laser Tag Convention in Orlando this May 1 – 5?” What a great question! My initial answer is in our tagline, it’s the only convention designed with you […]

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Ticketing and Wristbands: Not Taking a Pass on Efficiency and Safety

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Tickets are more than an admission pass into an attraction, park or family entertainment center. For owners and operations managers, tickets not only keep track of their guests, but they also help to maintain security and keep attractions running on schedule. Justin Struttmann is operations manager at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, […]

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Shelter from the Storm: <br />Safe Operating Strategies to Cope with the Weather

Shelter from the Storm:
Safe Operating Strategies to Cope with the Weather

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Nothing guarantees to please guests like an event held in the great outdoors. Yet Mother Nature’s weather events can conflict with and upset the best laid human plans. That’s why Sylvia Norton, general manager for Party Time Rentals, College Station, Texas, advises her customers, “Anytime of year you’re planning any type of outdoor event, especially […]

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Valued and Valuable:<br />The Museum Volunteer Workforce

Valued and Valuable:
The Museum Volunteer Workforce

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Volunteer programs constitute a vital element in museum operations. In fact, museums would be unable to properly function without the dedication of their volunteers.  Thus, it is an ongoing process to bring in new, enthusiastic volunteers, to keep them feeling valued and to provide them with opportunities to stay educated and excited about the institution […]

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New Full-Time CEO Named at LAI Games

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Industry veteran and LAI Games CEO Alan Freimuth will be succeeded by Marshall Ashdown, who has held the position of international sales manager for LAI Games for nearly two years. Ashdown was recruited by Freimuth in 2009 as a planned successor. “My retirement has been planned for some time but I am optimistic about the […]

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Bulk Vending Machines: Tips to Keep Vandals at Bay

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Bill Hutchison has seen vending machines broken into with blowtorches.  He’s seen machines vandalized and robbed in police stations. He’s seen would-be thieves who have unwittingly gotten their arms stuck inside machines and had to call 9-1-1. “It really doesn’t matter what type of machine it is,” said Hutchison, a longtime bulk vending operator and […]

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Sponsors

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Embed

Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
Embed
LAI
American Conference